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This photograph was taken in August 2005 at the Humayun Tomb complex in New Delhi. I like medieval Indian architecture, especially Mughal architecture, and this is one of my many photographs of Mughal tombs, forts and palaces. The bulbous dome, the symmetry of the Char Bagh (literally, four gardens), and fountains are distinguishing features of Mughal tombs, though later-day tombs have used white marble instead of red sandstone. The Taj Mahal at Agra, built of white marble, is considered to be the culmination of Mughal tomb architecture. Itmad-ud-daulah's Tomb at Agra, though not so grand in design as the Taj, has some fine carvings and is another beautiful tomb built during the Mughal period.

Additional information on the Humayun's Tomb from Wikipedia: The tomb of Humayun was built by the orders of Hamida Banu Begum, Humayun's widow starting in 1562. The architect of the edifice was reportedly Sayyed Muhammad ibn Mirak Ghiyathuddin and his father Mirak Ghiyathuddin who were brought in from Herat. It took 8 years to build and had a Chahr Bagh Garden style in its design, which is a Persian-style garden layout and was the first of its kind in the South Asia region.

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  • Copyright: Amar Dutta (amar123) (34)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2005-08-14
  • Categories: Architecture
  • Exposure: f/5.6, 1/640 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2008-12-16 9:01
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